Huayna Potosí is the closest high mountain to La Paz. Surrounded by high mountains, it is roughly 15 miles due north of the city, which makes this mountain the most popular climb in Bolivia. The normal ascent route can be climbed by complete beginners. It is a fairly straightforward glacier climb, with some crevasses and a steep climb to the summit. However, the other side of the mountain, Huayna Potosí West Face, is the biggest face in Bolivia. Several difficult snow and ice routes ascend this 1000 meter high face. This tree days tour provides amazing views of the Cordillera Real, Lake Titicaca and the Altiplano.
The first ascent of the normal route was undertaken in 1919 by Germans Rudolf Dienst and Adolf Schulze. Some climbing books report this mountain as the “easiest 6000er in the world”. The normal route entails a ridge and sections of moderately steep ice, with a UIAA rating of PD. The main reason Huayna Potosí has been referred to as the easiest 6000m climb is that the elevation gain from trailhead to summit is less than 1.400 m; with easy access from La Paz. Since La Paz is at 3640 m, climbers have an easier time acclimatizing.